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About This Division

The Pediatric Emergency Department (PED) is a dedicated, child-friendly facility that is primarily staffed by board certified specialists in Pediatric Emergency Medicine. It is also staffed by board-certified emergency physicians 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. All of the specialty services for the PED are part of the MassGeneral Hospital for Children. Acute psychiatric services are also available. 

Emergencies can be a very stressful time for families. "You Are Here: Wendy’s Welcome to the ED,” explains what pediatric patients can expect during an emergency room visit and gives children insight into their healthcare experience. Our department is committed to family-centered patient care, and trained staff like patient support, patient advocates and child life specialists are available to help you during your child's visit. We welcome the full participation of parents and family members at the bedside and consider them the most important team members of all.

Massachusetts General Hospital is designated as a Level 1 Pediatric Trauma Center by the American College of Surgeons. With the availability of a rooftop helipad, the PED commonly serves as the gateway for acutely ill children on transport to MassGeneral Hospital for Children, Shriner's Hospital for Children, Massachusetts Eye and Ear and the Massachusetts General Hyperbaric Service.

Patient Information

It can be helpful to consult your primary care provider before a visit to the PED if/when possible. Our PED physician staff is available to consult with your primary care provider by phone before and during your visit. Primary providers are an important part of your child's care and the PED is committed to partnering with your provider to optimize care and follow-up. Most primary care providers will receive a faxed or emailed communication on your child's visit to the PED.